After breakfast, we picked up a Jeep and headed down Highway 1. With it being a holiday week, it was pretty crowded but that was offset by all the pretty towns and beaches we drove by. We stopped in Santa Cruz for lunch at The Picnic Basket. I had a yummy grilled cheese that I enjoyed while listening to people sing karaoke across the street at a bar — very entertaining. I’ve always wanted to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway in California, so this trip was a treat.

Trying to capture selfies from the pier with the beach in the background proved to be more difficult than imagined.

I loved this vintage fishing boat.

The Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey Bay.

We stopped for tea and a beer at a cute little place on the pier called Water + Leaves. They also had amazing local honeys in these giant vats. I bought some of the wildflower honey in one of those little plastic tubes – too hard to resist! 

These colorful dinghies were tied up all along the pier.

After a stop at the grocery store, we made it to our final destination – Glen Oaks Big Sur. You can check out our room here. We checked in, started a fire and enjoyed a bottle of wine. This tasty spread was enjoyed while listening to the crackle of the fire and the river in the background. All in all, a pretty perfect day!

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